Almost two years ago Google added a data saving feature to its Chrome web browsers for mobile devices, allowing users to route internet traffic through a remote server and compress data before it was sent to a phone. At the time Google said its Data Saver feature could cut a user’s bandwidth by up to 50 percent.
Now Google says Chrome for Android can cut your data usage by up to 70 percent.
The latest version of the software automatically detects when your phone is connected to a slow internet connection and removes images before they load. This not only saves your bandwidth and helps you keep from hitting your monthly data cap, but it should also help web pages load more quickly since most of what you’ll see is text.
Want to see the images? You can always tap the “load images” button after the page has finished loading.
Google says the updated Data Saver feature will be available initially to Android users in India and Indonesia, but it should roll out to other regions in the future. All you need to do to get started is fire up the Chrome web browser and flip the Data Saver switch in the app’s settings.